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Larry Sanders reportedly involved in a bar fight, will not play against the Cavaliers

| November 6, 2013

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Sanders early season struggles have officially extended off the court. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Milwaukee Bucks center/forward Larry Sanders was involved in an altercation/bar fight of some sort over the weekend at popular Milwaukee club Apartment 720 over the weekend. From the Journal-Sentinel:

WTMJ-TV reported on its 5 p.m. newscast that Milwaukee police are investigating a fight that occurred Saturday night at Apartment 720 in downtown Milwaukee. Sanders reportedly was involved in the fight and sources told TODAY’s TMJ4 that injuries occurred at a club packed with patrons..

Sanders will not play Wednesday night when the bucks play the Cleveland Cavaliers at home due to an injured thumb. There’s been no confirmation on whether or not he injured the thumb in the fight. The Milwaukee Bucks issued a statement about an h our and a half before Wednesday’s game:

“We are aware of an incident from Saturday evening. The matter is under investigation and Larry Sanders is cooperating fully. At this time we will have no further comment.”

The timing couldn’t be much worse for Sanders. Through three games, he’s averaged 2.7 points and 3.7 rebounds in just 17.3 minutes per game after signing a four-year $44 million extension over the summer on the heels of a strong third season. The Bucks spent the summer more or less anointing him as the face of the franchise as they moved away from Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis.

After Milwaukee’s loss to the Toronto Raptors on Saturday Sanders let out a bit of frustration to reporters over a lack of fourth quarter minutes for the third straight game.

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